SPRINGFIELD – Salem Local High School (now West Liberty-Salem) graduate Jim Thrasher is joining his brother, Al, in the Wittenberg University Athletics Hall of Honor this year.
Like his brother, a 1964 Wittenberg graduate who was inducted into the hall in 1986, Jim Thrasher is among the finest men’s basketball players in university history.
More than 35 years after he played his last game, Thrasher still ranks 17th in career scoring with 1,207 points (one spot and 21 points behind his brother).
The Tigers posted a four-year record of 69-32 during Thrasher’s collegiate career, winning the 1969 OAC title and advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A two-time All-OAC and two-time Lutheran Brotherhood All-America selection, Thrasher served as a team captain as both a junior and a senior, and he shared team MVP honors in 1971.
Thrasher, who currently resides in Elk Grove, Calif., will be among six Wittenberg greats inducted into the school’s Athletics Hall of Honor during 2016 Homecoming Weekend ceremonies, Oct. 7-9.